Watch the animals at Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo are now live streaming their animal enclosures all day every day! Explore the Zoo online by heading to their website! Happy exploring!
Virtual Book club
Missing your friends and reading up a storm while in iso?
Why not create or join a weekly virtual book club!
Ask your friends to join up on a video call to discuss your favorite reads and socialise at the same time!
Here's some free video call sites to get you started:
- Whats App
- Facebook Messenger
Make a pillow or Blanket Fort at home!
Get creative inside by making your own epic Pillow or Blanket fort!
Use whatever you can find around the house, from chairs, tables, blankets, bed sheets and rugs. Give your fort a cute finishing touch by adding twinkly lights from your Christmas tree! Hours of fun to be had, but make sure you ask Mum or Dad first!
Become a Mocktail expert at home!
Here's a couple of our fave delicious and fun mocktails to make at home.
Virgin Pina Colada
Sit back and sip those cares away with a non-alcoholic piña colada that's basically a tropical milkshake. It's creamy, tart, and sweet and just what the doctor ordered. One drink and you'll be hooked!
1 Pineapple wedge, for serving
How to Make:
1. In a blender, blend together frozen pineapple, ice cream, coconut milk, and pineapple juice.
2. Divide between glasses and garnish with a pineapple wedge!
Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail
- Rosemary Simple Syrup:1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar, 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice
- ¼ cup of the rosemary simple syrup
- 4 cups sparkling water
How to Make:
Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small sauce pan on the stove, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat. Dissolve the sugar for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour the simple syrup into a heat safe container. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for at least one hour. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for ten days.
Mocktail per glass: Add ½ cup fresh pink grapefruit into a serving glass. Add 1 Tablespoon (1/2 oz) of rosemary simple syrup. Stir. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water (about 1 cup)
Garnish with rosemary sprig!
Recipes provided by: Delish.com
DIY Tissue Box Monsters!
What you'll Need:
1. Tissue Box – preferably one with a round opening so that it looks more like a mouth but a square opening could work too!–
2. Coloured acrylic paint – we used two different colours, one for the outside of the box and one for the inside.
3. White acrylic paint
4. Googly eyes – If you don't have these just draw them on or cut out white circles of paper and stick onto the box.
Craft provided by: ideasforkids.com
At home fitness for over 60's
Its important to stay active if you are self isolating right now. Try these movements before getting active:
Warm up, cool down and stretch
Before you start a workout it’s important to warm up. Just five minutes of light activity is all you need. Things like:
- Jogging on the spot
- Pumping your arms
- Shoulder rolls
- Controlled punches
- Circular ‘windmill’ arm movements in the air.
After your workout, cool down by following any of the above activities, again for five minutes. This is also a great time to stretch your muscles holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds. Make sure you hold at a point where you can feel the stretch but you shouldn’t feel discomfort or pain. Don’t bounce through these, just slow steady movements.
Active tips provided by: Healthier.gov.au
Sweet and Simple Dog Tricks
We have collected a range of easy 'Do it Yourself' training tips for your dog!
The idea of this trick is to encourage calm self-control in your dog. By learning that they only gets a reward when he is calm and waits for permission then your dog will be focused to learn.
Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches a dog to focus and be controlled during training sessions and everyday life.
2. Shake Hands
Shaking hands is one of the more traditional dog tricks and remarkably easy to teach. Your dog will learn to offer a front paw in response to request and solemnly shake hands with first you and then visitors to the home. Shake is an old but impressive trick to teach any dog.
Dog trainers love this trick because the shake is a great alternative to teach that prevents a dog jumping up on greeting people.
3. Speak command
Teaching your dog to bark on command is easy and even more useful because you can then teach them quietness on command too.
Dog trainers love this trick and often teach it (and the next trick) in order to control a raucous barking canine.
DIY Marble Nail Polish Art Pieces
What you'll need:
-nail polish in several shades (don’t use quick-dry if possible).
-disposable stick to stir paint
-plastic gloves to protect your hands
1. Fill your tray with water, not too much, just enough to get a flat surface. Whatever you use will pretty much get covered in nail polish so I would suggest using something you plan to toss afterwards.
2. Pour in your nail polish and move it around with the stick to spread it a bit.
3. Place your paper right over the polish and leave for a few seconds. Then transfer on to you old newspaper to dry.
4. Get creative! Add a second color and combine using your stick.
Craft activity provided by: Cutoutandkeep.net
Learn a language at home!
There is no better time than now to learn a new language and apply your self to upskilling your bilingual vocab!
Try using the following learning aids:
The Language Academy
Open Culture Online
Staying focused while studying at home
1. Establishing a daily routine
Keeping your kids on a routine schedule will reduce anxiety and create predictability. Make sure the daily schedule includes a balance of creative, academic, physical and social activities with clear deadlines for bedtimes and wake ups.
2. Staying social and connected
Providing opportunities for kids to interact socially with their peers will help them maintain connections, friendships and boost their overall mood.
So if your child is at home, give them a chance to connect with friends during their breaks, like they would during recess and lunch at school. Try one of many apps available to support virtual connections – whether it’s FaceTime with grandparents, a Snap Chat 'House Party' or a Netflix ‘watch’ party with friends.
3. Keep active
Our kids spend a lot of time moving around at school each day, so it’s important to ensure that they are still engaging in activities they enjoy while they’re at home. If it’s practical, spend some time outside riding, jogging or walking. It’s worth also looking into some of the many fitness apps available that can ‘organise’ your activity for you. Try any of the below!
Hand washing for Kids
The next time you're cleaning up before meals remember these handy hints:
First, use warm or cold water when you wash your hands.
Work up some lathered soup on both sides of your hands (front and back!), your wrists, and between your fingers. Don't forget to wash around your nails. This is one place germs like to hide.
Wash for about 10 to 15 seconds — about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday!" (Sing it quickly two times or just once if you go nice and slow.)
Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.
At home fitness & wellbeing
Health and wellbeing is important, take the time to look after yourself with these great active tips!
1. Stretches in the living room
Whether you’d rather just have a bit of a stretch on your bedroom floor when you wake up or actually set aside half an hour or so every day to do a guided yoga routine. Free yoga and stretching apps you can download include:
2. Gentle lifting exercises
For your arms, why not use tins of tomatoes or fruit as dumbbells? It’s simple: with your arms outstretched, lift your hands to shoulder height or as high as you physically can, if your shoulder movement is limited, returning to by your sides when you’ve reached as high as you can go.
It can be useful to practice breath work or meditation to help manage your head space. The following apps can be downloaded from the app store which teach you how to meditate and complete relaxation exercises:
De-clutter your life
Imagine a wardrobe that’s neat and orderly, where everything has a place...
Well today’s the day? Out with the old, in with the same, but do it differently!
Sift between socks, underwear, shoes and whatever else is lurking in the depths of your drawers and reap the rewards of a tidy and organised bedroom.
Here’s our 5 rules of wardrobe organisation:
- Make your clothes visible
- Is it really sentimental?
- Store your holiday looks separately.
- Pack special occasion items away
- Protect your clothes
FUN & GAMES
Board Game Fun!
Or shall we say bored games? If you're lucky enough to be in quarantine with company, then why not Dust off the games and have some old school fun.
Family favourites may include Cluedo, Scrabble and Pictionary (Monopoly should be chosen at your own risk)
And don't forget about Virtual Games!
There are heaps of games available on the app store which allow you to play with your friends online! Try Words with Friends, ScrabbleGo and The UNO app!
Helping the environment at home
Here's an easy way to create your own at home compost:
1. Choose a place
The best place to out your compost tub or tumbler is a dry shady spot that is close to a tap or a hose.
2. Add compost ingredients
Add your organic food scraps. This includes fruit, vegetables, scraps, egg shells, teabags and coffee grounds. Don't add things like meat, cheese or bread scraps.
3. Add water as needed
Your compost pile should feel wet like a sponge, check it regularly and add water as needed.
4. Keep things moving
Turn your mixture every three days
5. Wait for it to 'cook'
You'll know your compost is ready to feed the garden when it no longer gives off heat and becomes dry and crumbly.
BEAUTY AT HOME
Self-care tips in isolation
Sometimes it's the small things in life that make us feel better so take some time for yourself and create your own body scrub to rejuvenate your skin and leave it with a healthy glow! The best part – you don’t need to go further than your pantry or fridge to create one!
Combine the below ingredients in a small bowl, mix, apply and gently scrub!
Brown Sugar Scrub
Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that works for all skin types.
- - Brown Sugar
- - Honey
- - Coconut Oil
You'll enjoy a brilliant glow after using a coffee face scrub. Adding brightness to your skin and reducing puffiness.
- - Instant Coffee Grounds
- - Honey
- - Yogurt/Cream or Milk
Items around the house perfect for dress ups!
- - Lengths Of Fabric or coloured material
- - Hats, Gloves, Scarves for Imaginative Role Play
- - Assorted Bags And Baskets
- - Glasses Or Sun Glasses
- - Silly socks and funny shoes
- - Tablecloth or fabric used for capes or hero masks
- - Old wooden spoons can be used to make a fairy or wizard wand
DIY no fuss Play Dough Recipe!
What you'll need:
- 2 cups of corn flour / corn starch
- 1 cup of hair conditioner (cheap brand)
- assorted food colouring
Place hair conditioner into a medium bowl and add a few drops of food colouring.
With a spoon, mix the colouring through the conditioner.
Add 1 cup of cornflour and stir. Then add the last cup of cornflour to the mixture.
Constantly stir the mixture until it begins to form a thick blob.
Turn the play dough out onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth ball with your hands. Add more cornflour if the play dough is sticky.
Store in a plastic zip lock bag or air tight container.
If you don't have cheap hair conditioner try using moisturiser or hand cream.
recipe provided by: Learning4kids.com
How to create your own Happy Egg Head Growers!
- Empty Egg Shells
- Seeds (use a couple of different types of seeds to compare, peas and sunflowers or just seedlings from the garden)
- Spoon or small scoop
STEP 1: Set up your egg shells in the egg cartons and fill with soil. You can use a couple of different types of seeds, make sure to separate one set of eggs from another.
STEP 2: Push one seed gently into the soil of each eggshell, making sure the seed is covered with dirt.
STEP 3: Use a small spray bottle or similar to dampen the soil. Do not over water!
Leave the eggs for a few days to see how the seeds grow, leave in a warm place with a small area of sunlight.
Recipe provided by: Littlebinsforlittlehands.com
Try some at home science fun!
DIY Rainbow walking water experiment
Small plastic cups or glasses
Food coloring in primary colours
1. Place 7 cups in a row and pour water in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th cup. The fuller the cups the better
3. Add 5 drops of red food coloring to the 1st cup and the 7th cup.
4. Add 5 drops of yellow food coloring to the 3rd cup.
5. Add 5 drops of blue food coloring to the 5th cup.
6. Take a half sheet of paper towel and fold it in half lengthwise and in half again lengthwise
7. Trim off some of the length so that there isn’t too much excess paper towel that will stick up in the air between each cup. This will make the water walk more quickly.
8. Place one half of a rolled paper towel in the 1st cup and place the other half in the cup next to it. Then another paper towel from 2nd cup and into the 3rd cup. This continues until you have placed the last paper towel that drapes over from the 6th cup to the 7th cup.
9. Stare at the cups and watch what starts happening! You should quickly be able to see the colored water begin to crawl up the paper towel.
10. Get your kids to make recording notes on the experiment so they can guess what will happen and make a scientific discovery as they watch the magic happen
11. Keep checking back every couple of minutes. Soon you will be able to see that the water has crawled all the way up the paper towel and is beginning to walk back down into the empty cup next to it.
12. Since the cup on either side of an empty cup has colored water in it, the two colors begin to mix in the empty cup. So cool!
13. Keep coming back throughout the two hours or soon and observe what is happening.
Craft activity provided by: Funlearningforkids.com